Photos & Memories of John Girardeau
The 6/27 FA was very involved in Operation Toledo (10 Aug – 7 Sep 66). The 173rd Airborne Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, BLT 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 1st Australian Task Force and ARVN 33rd and 35th Ranger Battalions all participated in a multi-battalion search and destroy operation in the May Tao Secret Zone in Long Khánh, Binh Tuy and Phước Tuy Provinces. The deserted headquarters area for the 5th VC Division was located and destroyed along with vast amounts of supplies. Source:Wikepedia.
We had two Forward Observers and two Recon Sergeants on the ground and Charlie Battery provided reinforcing fires for the 173rd's direct support artillery.
participants from 6/27 included me, John Girardeau, 1LT Juan
"Chi Chi" Rodriguez (a.k.a. "The Mayor of Juarez"), and two enlisted
guys whose names I cannot remember. I was the forward observer/fire
support coordinator with the 35th Bn and Chi Chi was with the 33rd
Bn. Chi Chi and I each had a recon Sgt Assistant.
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Here is a You Tube video of
the 173rd Airborne Brigade,
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